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Falmer Library

Falmer Campus, University of Brighton, Village Way, Brighton, BN1 9PH

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Introduction

Location

  • The venue is situated within the centre of the campus.
  • This venue is situated in the Falmer Campus.
  • The venue is situated on a road which has a steep gradient.
  • The nearest mainline station is Falmer.
  • There is a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.

Parking

  • The venue does have its own car park.
  • Venue Car Park View
    • The car park is at the front of the venue.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders do not need to be booked in advance.
    • There are 5 designated parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 350cm x 700cm (11ft 6in x 22ft 12in).
    • The nearest designated bay is 23m (25yd) from the main entrance.
    • The furthest designated bay is 32m (35yd) from the man entrance.
    • The route from the car park to the entrance is accessible to a wheelchair user with assistance.
    • Assistance may be required because there is / are slopes/ramps.
    • The car park surface is tarmac.
    • The patron does have to cross a road.
    • The road is generally quiet.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
  • On Street Parking and Drop-off Details View
    • There is not a designated drop off point.

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main doors open automatically.
  • The doors are double width.
  • The door opening is 138cm (4ft 6in) wide.
  • Second set of doors View
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The doors open automatically.
    • The doors are double width.
    • The door opening is 138cm (4ft 6in) wide.

Level Change (Main Entrance)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope is located leading to the entrance.
  • The ramp or slope is moderate.
  • The ramp or slope is permanent.

Reception (Library Help Desk)

  • The reception desk is 30m (33yd) from the main entrance.
  • There is level access to reception from the entrance.
  • Lighting levels are medium.
  • The reception desk is medium height.
  • The desk has a lowered section.
  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • The type of system is a fixed loop.
  • Comments View
    • The Library Help Desk acts as an Issue Desk, Loan Queries, Group Study Rooms Bookings and Equipment Loans Desk.
    • There are also Self Service Issue and Returns Machines accessible to wheelchair users next to this desk.

Reception (Enquiry Desk)

  • The reception desk is 27m (30yd) from the main entrance.
  • There is level access to reception from the entrance.
  • Lighting levels are medium.
  • The reception desk is low height.
  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • The type of system is a fixed loop.

Inside Access

  • There is level access to the service.
  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • The system is a fixed loop.
  • Lighting levels are varied.
  • Motorised scooters are allowed in public parts of the venue.
  • Customers cannot charge scooters or wheelchairs at the venue.
  • Comments View
    • Hearing loops are fitted in Computer Training Rooms 106-109 and the Open Access Computer Pool Room on level 1, plus the Library Training Room and Group Study Rooms 218, 304, 305, 306, 307, 309 and 310.
    • There are barriers to enter and exit the main part of the library on level 2, 87 cm wide.
    • The Open Access Computer Pool Room is accessed by push pad operated automatic doors, 80 cm wide.

Library

  • This library does not have a regular supply of books in Braille.
  • This library does not have a regular supply of books in large print.
  • This library does have a regular supply of books on tape or disc.
  • There is an ordering service.
  • The library does have computers with accessible software.
  • Auxiliary aids are available for computer users.
  • A large text keyboard, large rollerball mouse and height adjustable table is / are available.
  • Other computer auxiliary aids include scanners.
  • Equipment available for people with a visual impairment includes a document magnifier.
  • Comments View
    • The accessible software available includes Jaws, Magic, MindGenius, Inspiration and TextHelp.

Other Floors

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are Levels 1-2-3.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The lighting level is medium.
    • The steps are clearly marked.
    • The steps are deep.
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on both sides.
    • There is a landing.

Lift

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located next to the turnstiles on Level 2.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are Levels 1-2-3.
  • The lift is 20m (22yd) from main entrance.
  • Staff do need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 89cm (2ft 11in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 131cm x 170cm (4ft 4in x 5ft 7in).
  • There are separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • There is a mirror to aid reversing out of the lift.
  • The lift does not have a visual floor indicator.
  • The lift does have an audible announcer.
  • The lift controls do have Braille markings.
  • The lift controls do have tactile markings.
  • The controls for the lift are within reach for a wheelchair user.
  • The lighting level in the lift is bright.
  • Comments View
    • A key is required to access Level 3, which can be obtained from the Enquiries Desk.

Accessible Toilet

  • There are accessible toilets within this venue designated for public use.
  • Location and Access View
    • The toilet is not for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is Braille, tactile and pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • The accessible toilet is 10m (32ft 10in) from the main entrrance.
    • The accessible toilet is located just inside the main entrance, opposite the Library Training Room.
    • There is level access to the accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is a unisex toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is locked by a twist lock.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 83cm (2ft 9in).
    • The door is light.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 128cm x 173cm (4ft 2in x 5ft 8in).
    • Floor manoeuvring space is clear in the accessible toilet.
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the left.
    • The lateral transfer space is 87cm (2ft 10in).
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • There is a flush on the transfer side.
    • The tap type is lever.
    • There is a mixer tap.
    • There is not a functional emergency alarm available.
    • It is out of reach (higher than 10cm (0ft 4in) from floor).
    • Disposal facilities are not available in the cubicle.
    • There is not a coat hook.
  • Position of Fixtures View
    • Wall mounted rails are available.
    • As you face the toilet the wall mounted grab rails are on both sides.
    • There is not a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • There are mirrors in the accessible toilet.
    • Mirrors are placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 46cm (1ft 6in).
    • There is a hand dryer.
    • The hand dryer cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The hand dryer is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • There is a toilet roll holder.
    • The toilet roll holder can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The toilet roll holder is placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The toilet roll holder is 105cm (3ft 5in) high.
    • There is a sink.
    • The sink can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The sink is placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
    • The sink is 76cm (2ft 6in) high.
  • Colour Contrast and Lighting View
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is fair.
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the grab rails and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the drop down rails and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • Lighting levels are medium.

Standard Toilet(s)

Additional Info

  • Staff do receive disability awareness / equality training.
  • Documents can be requested in Braille.
  • Documents can be requested in large print.
  • A member of staff trained in BSL skills is generally on duty.
  • Staff are trained to BSL level 1.
  • Staff are Text Relay aware.
  • Comments View
    • The photograph shows the returned book deposit, located next to the stairs leading down to the Computer Pool Rooms.